Nov 6, 2012
Break The Chain!
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Once in church service, there was a time of ministry for men at the altar. I had a vision of a chain becoming weakened in one link. The saying, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link" came to mind.
You know, in the spiritual realm, you can weaken - or as I like to say "de-fortify" a link (that is not a real word, apparently) - by not giving in to and fortifying (making stronger, reinforce) the habit, pattern, or stronghold. Many times, you will hear teaching about what you have to do to get freedom from a habit or stronghold, but often you can experience victory by what you don't do. A stronghold in the mind, a "logismos" or belief system, can be built up by thought patterns to the point where something like a strong tower erects itself and becomes a fixture.
You can pull a stronghold down according to 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, which is a wonderful, proven avenue to freedom, but you can also pull down strongholds and "de-fortify" them by not reinforcing and nurturing them, and by preventing them from building in the thought realm. For instance, if a pattern starts to build with the mind wandering into vain imaginations, straying from truth and from the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), then refuse to go there and bring your mind back to what you know to be The Truth of God's word. If you refuse to give in to something that is tempting, then resist it and bring your thoughts back to the center of God's Will.
You can re-train your mind and the stronghold can be broken as you "de-fortify" the rebellious thoughts that would like to build a deceptive tower. Don't feed them. Don't feed the habit. Neglect it and fortify your mind by girding it up with the Truth, the mind of Christ, and the helmet of salvation where you hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of God's heart. Keep your mind on God, and then the peace will come (Isaiah 26:3), as well as liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). Then you can be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control."
2 Timothy 1:7